This special issue focuses on the following topics: (a) an international perspective on the choice of law governing the substantive validity of international arbitration agreements; (b) Swiss and English arbitration laws, the material differences, as well as differences in interpretation; (c) the law applicable to the issue of arbitrability; (d) meaning, scope and sources of procedural law and lex arbitri; rights of parties to opt out and create their own procedural framework, limits on that freedom; and the process for determining the seat of arbitration; (e) extent to which voie indirecte and voie directe converge in practice; (f) state incapacity and sovereign immunity in international arbitration in, eg, Singapore, the US and the UK, and before international tribunals; (g) the different approaches adopted by investment treaty tribunals when determining the law applicable to the dispute and the significance of different treaty structures; (h) Singapore perspective on the interaction and impact of cross-border insolvencies on arbitration proceedings; (i) the origins of the Henderson rule and its operation in practice where parties have participated in a prior arbitration and then seek to commence fresh proceedings raising matters that could and should have been brought in the earlier arbitration; and (j) a survey on how Singapore courts have addressed the choice of law issues that arise in the context of setting-aside challenges to an award, challenges to the enforcement of an award, and in determining the applicable law in the arbitration.
Author(s)/Editor(s)/Contributor(s): The Right Honourable the Lord Collins of Mapesbury, Chan Leng Sun SC and Michael Hwang SC
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This issue features articles on: (a) the various prescriptive tests for inventive step in patent law, and how it could be further tweaked for enhancement in specific situations; (b) the need for the patent system to strike an appropriate balance of rights between protection and competition by examining the grant of remedies; (c) the recent Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, and how it represents a new mode for international harmonisation; (d) the issues surrounding the determination of authorisation liability, with a particular emphasis on the meaning of the word “authorise”; (e) the advantages of protecting the preparatory efforts of the makers or producers of databases and compilations; (f) the concept of authorship and the meaning of a “work”, and how these implicate the standard that is applied when one considers the question of copyright subsistence; (g) the relevance of the US transformative use doctrine to the fair dealing provision in Singapore, with an emphasis on the transformative characteristics of appropriation art; (h) a review of the development of copyright law in Singapore through the past 25 years, and how public policy considerations have shaped the legislative and judicial development of copyright law principles; (i) the anti-dilution right in modern trade mark law; (j) the increasing need for private methods of dispute resolution, with the introduction of the new generic top-level domain programme by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers; (k) the statutory interpretation of intellectual property law in Singapore, whether judicial creativity involved in such interpretation is desirable for Singapore’s intellectual property jurisprudence; and (l) a review of the operation of the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center, with particular focus on the mediation and arbitration of intellectual property and technology disputes.
Author(s)/Editor(s)/Contributor(s): Professor Sam Ricketson (guest editor)
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